Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 1:00pm to 7:30pm
Great Hall, Trent Semans Center for Health Education (Map)
Duke TMC

It seems better to prevent an illness than to treat it, and medicine offers innumerable strategies to reduce a person’s risk of future disease and complications. But what if these strategies, all things considered, are not good medicine? What if medicalizing risk too often hinders rather than promotes human flourishing?

This symposium will consider critically the medicalization of risk. Presenters will ask whether medical risk-management strategies are sufficiently justified by the scientific evidence and sufficiently likely to prevent illness rather than cause it. They will consider how medicalizing risk may distort the practice of medicine and the clinician-patient relationship, and how this distortion may have particularly problematic consequences for underserved communities. In dialogue with several distinguished Duke faculty, participants will seek to discern how preventive medicine can serve rather than frustrate the goals of medicine and the good of patients.